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Reward and Punishment in Social Dilemmas

Paul A.M. Van Lange, Bettina Rockenbach, and Toshio Yamagishi


Reward and punishment is a classic theme in research on social dilemmas. More recently, it has received considerable attention from scientists working in various disciplines such as economics, neuroscience, and psychology. Yet the recent explosion of research has also triggered many questions. For example, who can reward and punish most effectively? Is punishment effective in any culture? What are the emotions that accompany reward and punishment? Even if reward and punishment are effective, are they also efficient — knowing that rewards and punishment are costly to administer? How can systems ... More

Keywords: social dilemmas, human cooperation, conflict resolution, negotiation, incentives, punishment, reward

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199300730
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199300730.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul A.M. Van Lange, editor
VU University, Amsterdam

Bettina Rockenbach, editor
University of Cologne

Toshio Yamagishi, editor
Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University, Japan

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1 Reward and Punishment in Social Dilemmas

Paul A. M. Van Lange, Bettina Rockenbach, and Toshio Yamagishi

Part One The Workings of Reward and Punishment

3 How (and When) Reward and Punishment Promote Cooperation

Daniel Balliet, and Paul A. M. Van Lange

4 Regulating the Regulation

Pontus Strimling, and Kimmo Eriksson

5 For the Common Good? The Use of Sanctions in Social Dilemmas

Eric van Dijk, Laetitia B. Mulder, and Erik W. de Kwaadsteniet

Part Two The Organization of Reward and Punishment

6 Promoting Cooperation

Daniele Nosenzo, and Martin R. Sefton

7 Broadening the Motivation to Cooperate

Xiao-Ping Chen, Carolyn T. Dang, and Fong Keng-Highberger

Part Three The Functions of Reward and Punishment In Society

9 Social Decision-making in Childhood and Adolescence

Eveline A. Crone, Geert-Jan Will, Sandy Overgaauw, and Berna Gürog˘lu

12 Beyond Kin

Pierre Lienard

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